0Shares0000CECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonye addresses the media in a past event PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 28 – After a two- year absence, the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) is back with Kenya handed the 2017 hosting rights.At an executive committee meeting held in Khartoum, Sudan the members expressed solidarity with Kenya over the failure to host the fifth African Nations Championships (CHAN) in January 2018. The CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup, which brings together all the national teams of the 13 member countries will be held in November and December 2017.Uganda are the current champions having won a record 14th title in Addis Ababa in December 2015 after beating Rwanda 1-0 in the final.The meeting also endorsed Burundi and Rwanda to host the CECAFA Under-17 and second Women’s championships respectively in November and December.Ethiopia is the last nation to host the tournament.0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc. As harvest is completed across the Eastern Corn Belt, seed companies, universities, and growers will have the chance to compile and analyze data from yield testing. One of the most important decisions a farmer will face all year is deciding what variety to plant and in which field to plant it. To ensure that the best possible decision is made next spring, it is important to spend some time looking at yield data. While reviewing data is critical, knowing how to determine whether it is accurate and useful is equally important. Below are some tips for using data to make sound planting decisions next spring.Look for replicated dataDon’t rely on yield results from one strip plot on a farm or from a single plot location. Look for data from randomized tests that are repeated multiple times and across multiple locations. Replications in testing increase the reliability of the data and helps to remove variables that can skew results.For strip plot data, was a “tester” used?Strip plots planted on farms can cover large areas of a field. In many fields in the Eastern Corn Belt there are several soil types. If a plot crosses several soil types how can you be sure it is accurate? By planting a “tester” variety at regular intervals within the plot, you can calculate adjusted yields based on the variability of the tester yield across the plot. The use of a tester minimizes the effect soil type variability has on the plot results to ensure more accurate data.Look for consistencyAccording to Bob Nielsen, Purdue Extension Agronomist, “Documented consistency in yield performance is still the key to success in selecting hybrids that will perform well in your farming operation.” When choosing a variety based on plot data, it is important to look for consistent performance—across several plot locations and between multiple years. Choose varieties that consistently performed well in 2014 and 2015, in multiple locations, and different growing conditions.Statistical significanceOn published data look for foot notes that indicate the least statistically significant yield difference, or LSD. In many plots, the performance of the top 5 or 10 varieties may not be statistically different. Although there are small differences in yield, statistical analysis of the data indicates that all varieties within the LSD have an equal chance of winning the plot.While plot data can be very useful in making decisions, some plot data is significantly more accurate and reliable. The key to getting the most out of yield data is having the ability to sort through the large amounts of information to identify the data that most accurately and reliably represents varietal performance.
Passive solar designs that include generous amounts of insulation can save homeowners a great deal of money in operating costs over the life of the house. But getting banks to approve loans that reflect somewhat higher construction costs can be a struggle, sometimes forcing builders to dial back their plans and deliver a less efficient house.This dilemma was at the heart of a question from a green builder and the topic of this week’s Q&A Spotlight.Danny Kelly was trying to build a house that would qualify for a Gold or Emerald rating from the National Green Building Standard. It included upgraded insulation, high performance HVAC, a solar water heater, tight building envelope, and passive solar design — in other words, all the features you’d like to see in a house.The rub was the appraiser who valued the house for loan purposes. “The appraiser and the bank said they do not give any extra ‘credit’ for green features,” Kelly wrote. “One of the comps they used was over 25 years old, so not even on par with a code house from an energy code perspective… [The] bank does not seem interested in helping much either.”The trouble with finding ‘comps’In setting the value of a house for loan purposes, real estate appraisers conduct field inspections and also must find sales of similar houses in the same area. Those are called comparables, or comps. RELATED MULTIMEDIA Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 1Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 2Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 3Green Building Appraisal and Financing IssuesWhen Green Poses an Appraisal ProblemGetting a Grip on Green-Home Appraisals and InsuranceA Step Toward Fairer Green Home Valuations One Broker’s Take on the Selling Power of GreenMarketing High-Performance Homes Appraisers make adjustments in value based on the age, size, and condition of houses in the same area that have sold recently. It’s part number-crunching and part intuition.“Despite my strong personal feelings, most appraisers’ hands are tied by comparable sales in your area,” writes GreenCountryHomes, a licensed appraiser. “No green comps, no chance for a realistic appraisal.”GreenCountry says an “educated appraiser” gave him a $25,000 green adjustment on a $340,000 property last year, only to have it disallowed by the bank review appraiser.Because comps in the community were so limited, GreenCountry’s $315,000 appraisal was cut to $285,000 by the bank review appraiser and the buyers walked because they thought they were overpaying by $55,000.“Green building, in many markets, is like the $1,000 bath faucet,” GreenCountry says. “The appraiser gives you no extra value for the more expensive faucet that does the same job as the $75 faucet. They have no comparables to justify the market paying more.”Lower appraisal, lower standardsGBA advisor and builder Michael Chandler detailed the shortcomings of this system in a GBA post last year.In his case, a customer was approved for a $400,000 home. Despite having a suitable lot and a design that fit his customer’s budget, the bank appraiser would not approve the actual cost of construction.Because the owners couldn’t come up with any more cash, they had to drop the passive solar and solar hot water features, along with the spray foam insulation that Chandler had recommended. The owners could add a Jacuzzi or a home theater, Chandler complained, but not features that would improve energy efficiency.“Part of the problem is that the appraisers get their data from a [Multiple Listing Service] that doesn’t necessarily show them what green features are included in the homes that have been sold,” Chandler wrote.In a GBA column earlier this year, Richard Defendorf said that rules on finding comparables for appraisals can be a real problem.“In some markets, a dearth of appraisers familiar with green construction — or perhaps even more critically, a scarcity of nearby listings with comparable green features — can frustrate prospective homebuyers and homeowners who wish to refinance,” Defendorf wrote.So how does this problem get fixed?“Find another bank,” says Robert Riversong. “Often local savings & loan institutions are both more in tune with the community and more open to different approaches.”Riversong says he had a client who successfully won a construction loan and a mortgage from an S&L for a super-insulated house even though it was built of rough-sawn lumber with a frost-protected foundation, no central heat and no flush toilet.That’s the power of a local bank that isn’t hamstrung by rigid national policy.David Meiland suggested consulting RESNET, the Residential Energy Services Network, and two offices in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.In the long term, it will take more than the understanding of local banks to fix this problem. Changing appraisal rules to allow more realistic adjustments for utility savings, and educating real estate agents on the value of green buildings also would help.That won’t happen overnight. VIDEO: How To Sell Green Homes RELATED ARTICLES
Jokic hits go-ahead triple, Nuggets take down Warriors Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s tough to go out there and not be able to put in your best performance.” He also returned well, getting many of Kyrgios’s thunderbolts back in play and then winning the battle from the back of the court.“It’s awesome, it’s an amazing feeling and without my teammates it wouldn’t have been possible,” Zverev said.“Obviously we’re happy but hopefully this is just the beginning for us.”Kyrgios went into the match full of expectation after an impressive win over Jan-Lennard Struff in Friday’s opening singles.Zverev, on the other hand, had looked out of touch on Friday and was pushed for almost four hours before seeing off 18-year-old Alex de Minaur in five sets.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ But following the Germans’ win in the doubles on Saturday to give them a 2-1 lead, all the pressure was on Kyrgios, who had to win to keep the tie alive.The mercurial Australian opened brilliantly, holding his serve to love much to the delight of the boisterous home crowd.But that was almost as good as it got for the Australian team, as Kyrgios lost two of his next three service games to surrender the opening set in just 23 minutes.Kyrgios appeared troubled by an elbow problem in the first set and it became more noticeable in the second, the Australian often shaking his right arm between points.He served better in the second set, firing down eight aces, but at 4-3 he had a medical timeout for treatment on his arm.The Australian continued to serve well and had two set points on Zverev’s serve at 6-5, but the German saved both then played a superb tiebreak to take a stranglehold on the rubber.Once Zverev broke to go ahead 3-1 the result was never really in doubt and at 2-5, Kyrgios was broken again to give Germany the tie. Kyrgios said he felt a problem with his elbow after Friday’s match.“It obviously affected me a lot,” a downcast Kyrgios said.“My serve is my biggest strength — I mean I thought he played great today — but my serve was not really there and that affects the rest of my game. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers “(To win) against a very strong Australian team makes us very confident for the next round, for the upcoming years,” German captain Michael Kohlmann said.“We showed we have a lot of good players, a lot of strong players.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We showed that we are able to go further than this.”Zverev served beautifully throughout, only facing two break points in the match, both at the end of the second set and both of which he saved. FILE – Germany’s Tim Puetz, right, plays a shot past Australia’s Matt Ebden, left, in the doubles match between Germany and Australia at the Davis Cup World Group first round in Brisbane, Australia, Saturday, Feb.3, 2018. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)German number one Alexander Zverev beat Nick Kyrgios in straight sets to give his country a 3-1 win over Australia in their Davis Cup World Group tie in Brisbane on Sunday.Zverev produced some superb tennis to down Kyrgios 6-2, 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 in one hour, 48 minutes and put Germany into a quarter-final against either Spain or Great Britain.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIES
Story Highlights “There is great liquidity in the system to invest. But sometimes it is also lack of information… about the quality (and) value of, for example, working capital. They do, however, have more information and well developed polices and regulations around motor vehicle ownership, which may explain why banks are more willing to take the risk on the consumer asset than on a commercial asset, such as working capital,” the Prime Minister said. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says private financial institutions should provide more support for business development, particularly micro, small and medium-size enterprises (MSMEs). Mr. Holness’ comments come against the background of what he says is the seeming reluctance by some banks to provide access to credit and other resources for businesses which “are good (entities) in and of themselves.” Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says private financial institutions should provide more support for business development, particularly micro, small and medium-size enterprises (MSMEs).Mr. Holness’ comments come against the background of what he says is the seeming reluctance by some banks to provide access to credit and other resources for businesses which “are good (entities) in and of themselves.”“There is great liquidity in the system to invest. But sometimes it is also lack of information… about the quality (and) value of, for example, working capital. They do, however, have more information and well developed polices and regulations around motor vehicle ownership, which may explain why banks are more willing to take the risk on the consumer asset than on a commercial asset, such as working capital,” the Prime Minister said.He was speaking at Friday’s (April 27) closing ceremony for the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) Innovation Grant from New Ideas to Entrepreneurship (IGNITE) Programme pilot, at the Spanish Court Hotel, in New Kingston.Mr. Holness pointed out that as a result of Government polices now in place, there has been an increase in financial institutions’ support for business development.“We are seeing a greater trend of banks supporting businesses. Commercial and industrial lending is increasing at a noticeably significant rate, and I am very happy for that,” he said, citing this as pivotal to spurring economic growth.The Prime Minister contended, however, that for sustainable growth to occur, “lending has to (further) increase to the medium-size, small and micro enterprises, in particular.”“One of the things that we have to do is to support informal businesses in becoming formalized (by helping them) to develop business plans and getting regularized with, for example, the tax authorities,” he said.Mr. Holness said doing so will bridge the information gap on businesses encountered by financial institutions in several instances, “because for banks to take the risk on your business, they need to know about you.”“When you are formalized, when you are registered and compliant, then banks are able to better assess the risk that they are taking,” he said.Mr. Holness emphasised that the key to generating economic growth is channelling support for the private sector.“The engine of growth is the private sector. But when we say private sector, we tend to believe that the private sector is only (the) big businesses. The truth is that the private sector is really the micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. They drive growth,” he added.The DBJ, through IGNITE, enables Jamaican entrepreneurs, particularly MSMEs with innovative business ideas, to access grant funds to develop and commercialize their products and services.The bank provided funding of between $1 million and $4 million to 27 entrepreneurs under IGNITE’s 18-month pilot phase, for which $75 million was budgeted.Phase two was also launched at the ceremony.
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Harrison posted a 9.750 on her first time on floor after being out all season for the event due to a preseason hip injury. Junior Alexis Mattern takes her turn on the uneven bars at St. John Arena on Feb. 4. Credit: Megan Russell | Lantern reporter The meet result in victory for the OSU women, but coach Carey Fagan said that she didn’t take the win for granted. The Ohio State women’s gymnastics team brought home a big win in their co-ed meet against Rutgers after a two-meet losing streak. For their third win of the season, the Buckeyes posted a final score of 195.775-194.300 over the Scarlet Knights. “At first I felt bad because Janelle got hurt, so I never want to see my teammates hurt,” said Harrison. “But my coach asked me ‘So how do you feel about it?’ and I said ‘Oh, I’m so excited. I’m ready.’” The Buckeyes claimed a shutout for the meet, placing first in every event. Junior Alexis Matter earned a career-best for yet another meet in a row of 39.400 to take first for the all-around. At the half point of the meet, the Buckeyes still held the lead over the Scarlet Knights with an overall score of 97.800. In the fourth and final event, Mattern tied her career-high of 9.925 to earn first for floor. A last minute lineup change was made right before the start of the rotation where Harrison stepped in place of sophomore Janelle McClelland. The OSU women started strong on vault, tallying a 49.025. Mattern posted a 9.825 to place first overall for the event. “I was happy with how the team responded,” Fagan said. “We had a couple of bad landings on vault and that can sometimes shake a team and their confidence, and we needed to make a couple of lineup changes towards the end, but they seemed to really handle it. Sometimes you have a mistake and everybody kind of folds, but this team was pretty mentally tough, so I’m happy overall.” The OSU women’s gymnastics team will travel to University Park next next Saturday, Feb 11 for a dual meet against Penn State. In the second rotation on uneven bars, freshman Olivia Aepli and Mattern led the tea, both scoring 9.825 to tie for first overall. Sophomore Kaitlyn Hoflland missed the stick, falling on the dismount to tally the team low-score of 8.875 for the night. “Today I had my teammates in front of me, I had my teammates behind me when I was going,” Mattern said. “So that really just gave me the strength and the positive energy to just go out and do the best that I could do.” The team gained momentum in the third rotation on balance beam earning a 48.900 for the event. Junior Taylor Harrison posted a 9.878 to take first for the event.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Ohio State has had one elite runner since the beginning of the season. Now, it looks like the Buckeyes might have two. Braxton Miller carried the majority of the load for the Buckeye offense through OSU’s first five games, tallying 577 yards on the ground while adding 933 yards in the air. The sophomore quarterback was by far the biggest threat in OSU’s running game. Miller carried the ball 90 times through five games, with no other Buckeye totaling more than 40 carries in that same span. The carries didn’t come easily for Miller, though, as the now-Heisman candidate took a number of hits, some of which caused him to miss action. The bumps and bruises Miller attained had many people – including players and coaches within the Buckeye program – calling for someone on the OSU offense, specifically a running back, to give Miller some relief. Carlos Hyde answered that call over the last two games. The OSU junior running back has run for 296 yards on 50 attempts in the Buckeyes’ most recent two games. Hyde followed up a 28 carry, 140-yard performance against Nebraska on Oct. 6 with a 22 carry, 156-yard outing at Indiana Saturday. He has six total touchdowns – five rushing and one receiving – over the past two games. Hyde, who seemingly broke at least one tackle on every run he had Saturday, gave the credit for his burst onto the running game scene to the Buckeyes’ offensive line after OSU’s 52-49 victory against the Hoosiers. “You’ve got to thank those guys up front. They did their job. When they go, we go. So it was going pretty good today,” Hyde said. Hyde has taken some of the running-game load off Miller’s shoulders with his recent performances, but the Buckeyes’ quarterback is still running the ball. He’s running quite a bit, actually, and he should be, according to first-year coach Urban Meyer and Buckeye players. Miller totaled 23 rushing attempts for 149 yards and a score Saturday after running for 186 yards on 16 carries against Nebraska. He remains OSU’s most talented runner, according to his teammates. The difference between now and the first five games of the season, though, is that OSU’s rushing attack has gone from a single-handed, almost-heroic one-man effort to a two-headed monster. And that’s a major positive for Meyer, who had little to take away from the Buckeyes’ narrow victory at Indiana Saturday. “We are 7-0 and we ran the ball for 350 yards and had two guys really haul it running the ball (Saturday),” Meyer said. OSU didn’t get off to a great start against Indiana, as the Buckeyes trailed, 14-10, midway through the second quarter. The Buckeyes took control of the game by halftime and brought a 24-14 lead into the break. The OSU defense collapsed in the second half, allowing 35 points. It was runs from Miller and Hyde that allowed OSU to hang on to win. Miller had a 67-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Hyde added two scores of his own – the first, a 14-yard shovel pass, pushed OSU’s lead to 14 points and the second stretched the lead to 18. “They started off slow. But they came back, and came back in a flurry,” Meyer said. “The good thing is that I saw possession of time around 36 minutes. There are some real strong positives in (the running game) right now.” There are not only positives, but also historic numbers. Saturday night marked just the fifth time in OSU history – and the first time in 37 years – in which two players had 100-plus yard performances in back-to-back games. The last Buckeye players to match Miller’s and Hyde’s totals over the past two games were former running backs Archie Griffin and Pete Johnson in 1975. It’s probably safe to say that OSU has its running game rolling right now, and it is something that Buckeye players say will be very hard for opposing defenses to stop. “It’s weird. With coach Meyer, everyone thought we’d be throwing the ball everywhere but I would say we probably have one of the best rushing attacks in the country,” said OSU senior wide receiver Jake Stoneburner. “With Carlos and (redshirt sophomore running back Rod Smith) coming along pretty well, and then with Braxton probably being the best runner in the country, I’d say people have a lot to worry about with our rushing attack.” OSU is scheduled to return to action Saturday at noon against Purdue at Ohio Stadium.